The Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon on November 14th

The Fall Luxury CHOCOLATE SALON participants include over 30 chocolatiers, confectioners, wineries and other culinary artisans. An intimate setting, the Fall Chocolate Salon is the perfect place to find the perfect gift, while tasting and savoring the chocolate lovers experience.

Participants include TCHO, Saratoga Chocolates, The Tea Room chocolate, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Salt Side Down Chocolates, CocoTutti, Landru Chocolates, Choclatique, Coco-luxe Confections, Sterling Confections, Coco Delice Fine Chocolates, Socola Chocolatier, Gateau et Ganache, ALTER ECO Fair Trade, CJ’s Bitz, Snake & Butterfly, Jade Chocolates, Amano Artisan Chocolate, Carlos Mann Nicaraguan Artisan Chocolates, Clarine’s Florentines, Au Coeur Des Chocolats, Poco Dolce, Vice Chocolates, Plumeria Flours, Christopher Michael Chocolates, Farm Fresh To You, Carolyn Tillie Designs’ Chocolate Jewelry, Quady Winery, Punk Dog Wines, Rigolo Cafe, 122° West Wines, Garden Creamery sorbet, TasteTV, and more.

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Seattle Chocolate Salon on July 11th

Chocolate lovers, en garde! The premier chocolate event in the Northwest this millenium returns with the 3rd Annual Seattle Luxury CHOCOLATE SALON on Sunday, July 11th, 2010. Chocolate aficionados, fanatics, lovers and addicts can taste & experience the finest in artisan, gourmet & premium chocolate in one of the world’s great culinary metropolitan areas.

Seattle CHOCOLATE SALON 2009 participants included chocolatiers, confectioners and other culinary artisans such as 2008 CHOCOLATE SALON AWARD WINNERS Amano Artisan Chocolate, Theo Chocolate, Intrigue Chocolates, Oh! Chocolate, and Posh Chocolate, as well as newcomers Crave Chocolate, Forte Chocolates, Divine Chocolate, Carter’s Chocolates, Chocolopolis, Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates, La Châtelaine Chocolat Co., Eat Chocolates, Choffy, The Chocolate Traveler, William Dean Chocolates, Xocai Healthy Chocolate, Suess Chocolates, Claudio Corallo Chocolate, Decadent Tastes, Marco Polo Designs’ Chocolate Jewelry, Honest Tea, TasteTV, Yelp, Sizzleworks Cooking School, Ventana Wines, Rimon Winery and more.

Salon highlights include chocolate tasting, demonstrations, chef & author talks and ongoing interviews by TasteTV’s Chocolate Television program. (Salon Entry includes all chocolate & confection tastings, demos, etc.).

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SNL Video: Brownie Husband, with Tina Fey

Saturday Night Live Video:

Brownie Husband, with Tina Fey

Duncan Heinz introduces a new indulgence for single women—”In just 90 seconds, Brownie Husband bakes into a delicious partner…”:

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2010 SF Chocolate Salon

Bigger and better!

The 2010 Fourth Annual San Francisco International CHOCOLATE SALON participants include over 70 chocolatiers, confectioners, wineries and other culinary artisans, such as: Amano Artisan Chocolate, Sacred Chocolate, Guittard Chocolate Company, Saratoga Chocolates, The Tea Room chocolate, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, TCHO, Neo Cocoa, Kikas Treats, CJ’s Bitz, Socola Chocolatier, Divine Chocolate, Drexelius Chocolates, Alter Eco Fair Trade Chocolate, Chocolate, Amella Caramels, Jade Chocolates, Ococoa, Malie Kai Chocolates, Happy Chocolates, Choclatique, Coco Delice Fine Chocolates, Clarine’s Florentines, Napa Valley Fudge Company, Nicobella vegan organic truffles, Robyn’s Chocolates & Confections, Vice Chocolates, Dolce Bella Chocolates, William Dean Chocolates, Edible Love Chocolates, Marti Chocolatt, Coco-luxe Confections, Sterling Confections, Christopher Michael Chocolates, Posh Chocolat, Gateau et Ganache, Poco Dolce, XOX Truffles, Schoggi Swiss Chocolates, Divine Organics by Transition Nutrition, Her Coconess Confections, Snake & Butterfly, Truffles in Paradise, Cacao Atlanta, Barlovento Chocolates, AF2 Chocolatiers, Vermeer Dutch Chocolate Cream Liqueur, Quady Winery, Blue Angel Vodka, Fentimans Botanically Brewed Beverages and Ginger Beer, Rigolo Cafe, Farm Fresh to You, Resveratrol WINETIME Bar, California Naturals, The Winery Collective, Radee Wine, Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka and Chocolate Liqueur, Sonoma Valley Portworks, Loft Organic Liqueurs, Zinc Details, The Bread Project, Omnivore Books on Food, Carolyn Tillie Designs (Just Desserts Jewelry), Le Creuset, Swissmar, Putumayo World Music, Chocolate Television, The New York Times, TasteTV, and many more.

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Why is everyone so sweet on chocolate?

A great story on Marketplace (APM / NPR) about why chocolate is doing so well, and companies are trying to buy into the business. Below is the transcript:

KAI RYSSDAL: If you’ve been listening to this program, or reading the business pages, you have no doubt heard about the various firms that are trying to buy the candy maker Cadbury. Kraft’s $17-billion bid was too low for the British company, also too high for Kraft’s biggest shareholder Warren Buffett. He said ixnay to the eel-day. So Cadbury board members have reportedly started talking to the folks at Hershey, I imagine trying to gin up a counter-offer there.

Now I like a good candy bar as much as the next guy. But this does seem like a whole lot of fuss about chocolate. Marketplace’s Jeremy Hobson explains all that maneuvering is not as crazy as it sounds.

JEREMY HOBSON: We may be cutting back on houses, cars, electronics and eating out. But chocolate appears to be totally recession proof. The market research firm Mintel says Americans bought about 2.5 percent more chocolate in 2009 than they did in 2008.

MARCIA MOGELONSKY: Chocolate provides a certain comfort, even when times are bad.

Marcia Mogelonsky is a global food and drink analyst at Mintel. She says the real growth is overseas. In India, for instance, chocolate sales grew almost 17 percent as the world plunged into the economic slump.

MOGELONSKY: You know you wouldn’t think of India as a great chocolate country because of the temperature. Chocolate will melt. You can’t have it in the corner store. But what’s been happening as the Indian economy develops, there’s been a growing network of air-conditioned malls opening up across India. And in those air-conditioned malls, you can sell chocolate.

Keeping chocolate cool is not a problem right now here in frigid New York City. I stopped by a chocolate store in Rockefeller Center, and found Evelyn McGrath ogling the window display. She says she’s making less money now, but still eats chocolate every other day.

EVELYN MCGRATH: I don’t know, I just really like chocolate. I like dark chocolate a lot, and they say that it’s healthier for you. If you can eat like the 60 percent dark chocolate like at least once a day, it’s better for your heart or something.

Ahh, the things we tell ourselves.

Kenise Scoop’s not making any excuses. She admits despite the recession, her chocolate-buying habits haven’t changed.

KENISE SCOOP: No, they probably should have, but they haven’t.

HOBSON: Still buying the same amount?

SCOOP: Possibly more, actually.

Scoop’s in good company. Mintel reports chocolate has become a substitute for other items in this recession. As in, forget the diamonds for Valentine’s Day, how about a heart-shaped box of chocolate truffles instead?

In New York, I’m Jeremy Hobson for Marketplace.

Read the transcript or hear the story here.

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Chocorotica Video

… kind of aimed at people with extreme sweet tooths (teeth), not necessarily the artisan chocolate lovers — but whatever! Enjoy

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